August 14, 2017

Airshow at Night

Follow us on Facebook! This year marked the 55th annual Abbotsford International Airshow. I first attended one shortly after I moved to B.C. in 1974 and have attended several times since then. When I was single we’d cram a bunch of us into a car and go together for a day. Later my wife and I took the kids to see the show every few years. But it had been over a decade since we last attended. Now living in Abbotsford, we were sometimes entertained by mini-airshows as the jets, including the fabulous Snowbirds, sometimes roared right over our townhouse complex. But this year I really wanted to see the…

August 14, 2017

Airshow Photo Gallery

Follow us on Facebook! Here are some additional photos from the 2017 Abbotsford International Airshow. The static displays and the Snowbirds each have a separate photo gallery. Above – the FA-18 Super Hornet with after-burners on. Almost at the speed of sound it leaves vapor trails in its wake. Seeing the airshow in the evening wa a new experience for us and a very enjoyable one. The after dark performances were worth seeing. Follow us on Facebook!

August 4, 2017

A Warning for British Columbia Tourists

Follow us on Facebook! This post is being simultaneously published on my political blog, The Jolly Libertarian, as Highway Robbery. Here is a cautionary tale for residents and tourists to British Columbia. Recently our daughter got married. The wedding was held in Maple Ridge and we had guests from as far away as Australia, Britain and California. My sister-in-law drove out for the wedding from Alberta. The wedding was a great success. Unfortunately, the return home for my sister-in-law was not. She was accosted and robbed by armed thugs on the Coquihalla Highway between Hope and the Great Bear Snowshed. These were not your ordinary everyday robbers. They hid behind…

August 1, 2017

Suburban Vancouver: An Overview

Follow us on Facebook! This is a follow-up to my previous post, Vancouver: An Overview.  In it I gave a rundown of a variety of attractions in the city of Vancouver proper. Today I continue with a list of things visitors to Vancouver may find interesting in the suburbs. And I am using the term loosely to refer to the panoply of towns and cities stretching from Harrison Hot Springs in the east to Squamish in the west. This is hardly an exhaustive listing simply because there are too many to cover them all and I don’t even know of them all. This is based mainly on my personal experience or…

July 31, 2017

Vancouver: An Overview

Follow us on Facebook! I have been asked to be a tour guide for some visitors from Australia in September. That will be a new experience for me and I thought, what better way to prepare for this than by putting together a post here on things to see and do in Vancouver. There are a lot of them. Vancouver is a cosmopolitan city, Canada’s western port and a hub for visitors and trade. The city itself has many attractions, but the greater Vancouver region has many more so I will cover the highlights of a trip to Vancouver. Vancouver covers a vast area, but the hub is the downtown….

January 28, 2017

Great Scot! It’s the Great Gatsby!

Follow us on Facebook! Rowena’s Inn on the River is a delightful trip back in time. It’s an old homestead built by a pioneer logger in the area for his family. Charles Nelson Pretty was a businessman and entrepreneur. In the 1920s he had an opportunity to buy a 160 acre parcel of land in Harrison Mills. That land became, among other things, a dairy farm, a silvertip fox farm and a logging operation. At one time, Pretty’s operation was the largest privately owned logging company in all of British Columbia. When the home was built, there was no road. The Pretty family took the train to Harrison Mills and…

January 28, 2017

Photo Gallery: Great Gatsby Party

Follow us on Facebook! Here are some more photos from the Great Gatsby Party at Rowena’s Inn on the River in 2014. The party is being held again on June 11, 2017. Photo Gallery: Rowena’s Inn on the River Great Scot! It’s the Great Gatsby! (main article) Follow us on Facebook!

January 28, 2017

Photo Gallery: Rowena’s Inn on the River

Follow us on Facebook! Here are some additional photos of the inn and surrounding area. I will be adding some more after Valentine’s Day when I will be taking some interior shots. The view at the top of the page is of the Harrison River as seen from beside the swimming pool. More photos to follow after Feb. 14th. Photo Gallery: Great Gatsby Party Great Scot! It’s the Great Gatsby! (main article)   Follow us on Facebook!